Breast cancer

"You have breast cancer." These are words no one wants to hear. That's because breast cancer doesn't discriminate (all women are at risk). It strikes often, affecting around one out of eight women; this accounts for nearly 15 percent of all new cancers diagnosed.

But breast cancer doesn't get the last word—and there are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. to prove it.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we use the latest tools and techniques to help you fight back. From digital mammography and genetic testing, to minimally invasive breast surgery and reconstruction, we offer the treatments and support you need to gain the upper hand.

About breast cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that begins in a breast. Even though it can occur in men and women, it is nearly 100 times more common in women.

There are several kinds of breast cancer, named for the area of the breast in which it begins. Most start in a duct or lobule.

In situ (also known as non-invasive) breast cancer is contained to its original location; it has not broken through the wall (duct or lobule) and invaded the breast tissue. If it has spread through your breast's wall (duct or lobule) or beyond, it is called invasive breast cancer.

Types of non-invasive breast cancers include:

  • Ductal carcinoma in situ—this non-invasive breast cancer begins in a duct  or tube that transports milk from the lobule to the nipple when breast milk is formed. It has not spread into your surrounding breast tissue.

  • Lobular carcinoma in situ—this non-invasive breast cancer begins in a lobule, or milk-producing area of the breast. It has not spread into your surrounding breast tissue.

 Types of invasive breast cancers include:
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma—this is the most common type of breast cancer. It starts in the ducts, then grows through the duct walls and into the surrounding fatty breast tissue.

  • Invasive lobular carcinoma—this kind of breast cancer starts in your milk-producing glands (lobules) and then invades your breast tissue.

  • Inflammatory breast cancer—an uncommon form of invasive breast cancer. It does not usually produce lumps or tumors typically associated with breast cancer. Instead, the skin covering your breast becomes red and warm, and may look pitted like an orange peel.

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

It is often shocking and overwhelming to hear that you have breast cancer. The Christ Hospital Health Network has an experienced, dedicated cancer care team that will provide innovative and compassionate care.
But that's only part of the reason why we treat more breast cancer patients than many other healthcare systems in Ohio.
Other reasons people turn to us for breast cancer care include:
  • Our wide range of diagnostic tools allow us to detect cancer in any type of breast, even if you have dense breast tissue or breast implants.  

  • We offer digital mammography at seven convenient locations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

  • Our breast patient navigator helps make your experience smooth and seamless. Our navigator helps you keep track of appointments, coordinate referrals and organize any support services you need. You can reach our breast cancer navigator by calling 513-585-0671.

  • We offer genetic testing and counseling for women with a family history of breast cancer.

  • Our cancer care team uses the most advanced treatment options at our disposal. These include new targeted therapy drugs and the latest generation of radiation therapy treatments.

  • Our breast surgeons have refined breast-sparing and skin-sparing surgical procedures, including lumpectomy and mastectomy. And if you choose to have breast reconstruction surgery, we offer the latest techniques including DIEP flap and TRAM flap surgeries.

  • Our long history of scientific research means patients have access to emerging treatments not widely available. You may be able to take part in a clinical trial to test new treatments for breast cancer.

  • Our support services are an important part of any treatment plan. Whether you're having trouble coping with your diagnosis, or want to talk to a financial counselor, we'll make sure you get the support you need.

  • Our integrative medicine programs can add a holistic touch to your treatment journey. You can take advantage of our Tai Chi classes, chair yoga, music therapy, pet therapy and more.